Specialist Mental Health Practitioner - Outreach Team

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,637 a year
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an experienced clinician looking for a new challenge and opportunity to join a service at a time of exciting change?

Can you work with children, young people, their families alongside carers, and multi-agency teams to support resilience with their presenting complex and acute needs, providing evidence-based intervention in a community?

The Devon CAMHS Assertive Outreach is an innovative, flexible, multi-disciplinary team offering a dedicated intensive, wrap around intervention to support and supplement a core CAMHS clinical intervention plan. This enables us to support children with severe and complex mental illness to remain at home for their care whilst utilising the strengths within the young person, family, or care setting alongside the multi-agency teams and the community to enable the development of resilience and recovery, and avoid hospital admission where possible. We also have a role in supporting hospital discharge to enable shorter stays and reconnecting with home and community with the additional intervention that may be required.

We are looking for a B7 Specialist Mental Health Practitioner to join our highly skilled, innovative team who share our strengths-based mindset to contribute to our on-going development in service to do our best for the young people of Devon during this acute phase of their mental health needs, whilst also improving their personnel outcomes.

Main duties of the job

We provide support to children and young people under the age of 18, who are experiencing an acute crisis in their mental health. This will include completing comprehensive assessments of mental state and assessing risk. The successful applicant will act as the lead clinician in the management of young people with complex mental health needs who require urgent care. These young people will present with episodes of mental ill health and will often be at risk of admission to CAMHS Inpatient Units.

Our ability to be mobile creative and flexible allows us to find alternative ways to engage with the young person and family, truly improving accessibility.

We are proud to have been awarded the winning title of Royal College of Psychiatry Team of The Year 2022 For CAMHS.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see complete job description document in the supporting information of this advert.

Within this rolethe post holder will:
  • Undertake risk assessments and specialist assessments of children and young people with a range of mental health concerns, including but not limited to problematic eating and self-harm

  • Work closely with families in order to implement care plans that allow safe management of young people at home, who are often at high risk of harm to self.

  • Offer emotional and behavioural support and informed advice and risk management to CYP and their family/carers based on shared knowledge and experience of working with CYP and family/carers with complex needs and at risk of further deterioration of their mental health.
  • Ensure all CYP have a clear personalised care plan to promote their development, well-being and protect them from harm. Leading on coordination of support at pace to avoid admission to hospital.
  • Work in collaboration with locality CAMHS teams/other agencies to help case manage children and young people highlighted as increased risk of hospital admission, and/or requiring additional intensive wrap around support.
  • Provide evidence-based care to young people in crisis and at risk of admission to a CAMHS inpatient Unit/Acute Paediatric Units.
  • Liaise with Tier 4 Units regarding admissions and discharge planning.
  • Advocate on behalf of CYP and their family/carers where required to ensure the necessary support is in place to enable them to remain within or discharged into the community and promote joined up, consistent care.
  • Work within the managing risk pathway Pathway, liaising regularly with the crisis home treatment teams, locality CAMHS teams, Emergency Departments and Paediatric Wards, to aid risk assessment, care planning and implementing care to young people experiencing acute distress in a joined up way.
  • Work with existing health, social care, education and other agencies to coordinate packages of care for CYP and their family/carers with complex needs, either at risk of admission to hospital, or currently within hospital settings.
  • Hold a County wide position,working across pathways and geographical areas as required, according to need and demand. The role will be aligned closely with a locality team either in Torbay and south Devon, Eastern or North Devon in an attempt to reduce travel.
  • Be flexible to the needs of the YP and families/carers, visiting young people at home, school, in community settings and on occasion in the general health hospitals/ in county psychiatric hospitals.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to junior staff within the team
  • Work flexibly within 37.5 hours per week, including weekends, bank holidays and evenings if required.

We are looking for a Band 7 CAMHS Practitioner. Our team base for the Assertive Outreach team is Tiverton, Devon but you will be allocated to a community locality base. We are looking for practitioners who can bring skills, experience and enthusiasm to meet the needs of children/young people with complex social, emotional and mental health needs. The service is currently based in Tiverton but covers countywide, this may subject to change in line with service developments.

Working to meet high risk and urgent need in our Managing risk part of the service, you will work in clinical, community and home-based treatment settings. You will need experience in risk assessment, assessing young people on Paediatric wards and a variety of other settings, managing risk in the community.

Alongside delivering clinical care you will supervise a small group of junior staff, mentoring and enabling skills development.

Working with other agencies, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, your role will be key to supporting and meeting the needs of some of our most vulnerable children.

Using evidence-based practice and routine outcome measures, you will use a strength-based approach to work collaboratively with service users, in line with CYP-IAPT key principles.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by specialist training or equivalent experience to Masters level with a relevant core professional training e.g. Psychological profession, Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy
  • Training in an evidence-based therapeutic approach
  • Professional registration/accreditation with a recognised body, e.g. NMC, HCPC, Social Work England, UKCP, BABCP
  • Training in supervision and/or leadership skills or willing to work towards
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working with children and young peoples mental health needs, families and parents/carers, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience of undertaking specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions for in the area of childrens mental health, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments
  • Experience of safeguarding children and young people and ensuring the safety of children in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
Knowledge, skills and abilities Essential
  • Understanding of relevant legislation pertaining to child mental health.
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge of electronic patient record systems and the requirements around data reporting
  • The ability to plan and complete senior clinical tasks as directed and within reasonable timescales.
  • Ability to travel across Devon
  • Knowledge of research methodology and outcome research methodology and outcome research design and ability to critically interpret research findings and data
  • Knowledge of supervision and leadership practice

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